The African Development Bank said on Thursday that it was willing to adopt the multi-system Afe Bablola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, as partner to offer medical services to its staff across the continent.
AfDB Regional Senior Medical Doctor, Nigeria Country Department, Dr. Augustine Uhunwangho, who lauded investment in the hospital, said the Bank was interested in places where its staff could get best form of medical care.
Uhunmwangho, who spoke at ABUAD during an assessment tour of the medical facility, said, “It is a policy of the Bank to ensure that staff are physically fit, so, they do periodic medical evaluation.
“There are places that we really want, to ensure they get adequate and the best form of medical care.
“We came for objective assessment so that we can recommend the use of the hospital for our staff who are all over the place within the country and outside the country where they supervise various activities of the Bank.
“We are here on a fact-finding mission. Our desire is to be able to, at the end of this exercise, recommend the hospital to the insurance company that takes care of the health needs of staff, so they they would be able to engage the hospital and possibly enroll them as one of the health centres that take care of the staff needs,” the AFDB medical personnel said.
ABUAD Founder, Chief Afe Babalola, who applauded AfDB for supporting the university in terms of recognition and finances, said “AFDB has invested so much in us, but we have invested much more on that hospital more than you expected.”
Babalola, who said the multi-system ABUAD Teaching Hospital had attracted commendations from far and near in view of the investment and facilities, said, “It is a welcome idea that AfDB wishes to adopt this hospital as facility that will offer medicare to its staff.”
The ABUAD founder also disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria has agreed to do the same thing, saying, “others are in the pipeline.”
“That will enable those people who are paying money for treatment overseas to spend their money here. It is good for us. It is a very good omen for us,” Babalola added.